But alas, Obama couldn’t risk his perfect record of kowtowing to the gun lobby and its maniacal cadre of gun owners. Fat lot of good it did him, since idiots like Zach Wamp still campaign on protecting our guns from Obama. Fear not gun owners, Obama doesn’t want to make you fill out any extra paperwork or register your guns with the ATF. That’s right. His idea? Send a bunch of National Guard troops to the border for a summer vacation.
What's your opinion? Should we spend another month of two arguing whether it's 90% or 19%? Isn't the fact simple enough that it's too much, whatever the percentage is?
Flying Junior included an interesting aspect to the argument. Earlier, the pro-gun argument seemed to be that the guns which "could not be traced" were the ones the investigators knew were not from the States. The idea was that all the early reports were carefully worded to conceal the fact that the majority of guns seized were in fact from elsewhere. But, now we have this idea.
The record keeping is not always perfect. In trying to track guns confiscated in Mexico last year, agents found that one in five of the guns could not be traced because the dealers had no record of the sale or had gone out of business and the records had been lost. Even when the original legal buyer is located, a gun owner in many states, can legally say “I lost it” or “I sold it to someone I do not know.”
Dealers are not obligated to tell the authorities about multiple sales of rifles like the AK-47, as they must do with pistols.
That would mean that many of the "untraced" weapons did indeed come from the U.S.
What's your opinion? Do we have to revise the figure back up towards the famous 90%? Or, do you agree with me that the exact percentage is not the point? The point is too many guns are flowing into Mexico due to lax or non-existent gun laws and poor enforcement of the laws we do have.
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